Perhaps the biggest video game launch of the year has finally happened with COD Modern Warfare 3 getting into game geek hands after what seemed like a wait of forever. Other than the crowds at many locations to get hands on the game, other issues have cropped up with the launch. Once of the biggest launch issues happened with the Call of Duty Elite service.
The countdown has officially begun, and not the one leading up to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but the one that marks the time before the entire world has access to the game so that they might play together online. Over in England at London's Old Billingsgate Market there's been a gigantic launch party with music, dancing, and running at high speed as the game was handed out to attendees - or there would have been if 574 Game and Gamestation stores across the country hadn't also released the game to queues of fans having waited for hours before launch. The world record lies on the line, the entertainment-industry record for most revenue generated in its opening five days having been set by the last Call of Duty game, Black Ops.
Much excitement surrounds Activision's Call of Duty game franchise with the upcoming Modern Warfare 3 title set to be released on November 8. But somehow, in the hustle and bustle, some retail stores, including Kmart, have accidentally sold the discs early, with one ending up on eBay for more than $1,700. Although purchased legitimately, playing these discs before the release date could get your Xbox Live account banned.
For all of you in the market for the next big single and multiplayer shooter game as well as a smartphone from HTC, you're in luck, Best Buy has a deal for you! This deal includes a free smartphone from HTC, amongst those singled out for the sale, just so long as you both purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as well as agreeing to a 2-year contract for the carriers the smartphones are working with. The handsets available in this deal are the HTC Evo 4G, the HTC Incredible 2, and the HTC Inspire 4G.
With the game which has its developers calling "the most anticipated game of all time," there's really no other claim for ultimate supremacy that the group can possibly hope to release for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 before its drop date next week - except some gameplay to back it up. And that's what the folks at Sledgehammer Games have done, today, making the whole world jump back and toss the rest of the video games they purchased last month directly in the garbage. Have a peek at the gameplay video below and see if its your next go-to multiplayer murder-fest.
Activision Blizzard announced today the third map expansion pack called Annihilation for its popular first-person shooter game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, that will bring new levels for multiplayer gameplay. This third map pack will hit Xbox Live later this month and follows the Escalation pack released in May and the First Strike pack released in February. Catch a preview of Annihilation after the cut.
Activision announced today that the Call of Duty Elite Beta will launch July 14th 2011. The date of the full launch has yet to be announced, but the invitation only Beta will start next month. With over one million Call of Duty fans signed up for the beta so far, there are literally “millions” watching this launch. Not much has been leaked about the new “Elite” experience, but we were able to find a few details in the press release this morning.
Although Sony isn't completely out of the murky waters yet, considering the most recent Sony Pictures hack, the PlayStation Store has at least come back online yesterday. And with that good news, comes some more. Activision has just announced that the Black Ops Escalation pack will be arriving at the PlayStation Store next week.
The much anticipated Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is just a week away from an unveiling at the E3 2011 game developer conference. A new service called Call of Duty Elite is being developed that will bring a whole suite of social networking features to the new game as well as to its Black Ops predecessor. The beta version of the service is now ready for testing.
After all the PlayStation Network woes, Sony is working hard to plug security holes and regain customer trust and business. Although more folks may be flocking to the Xbox 360 and attempting to off load their PS3s from the panic of the recent Sony hackathon, the company has just announced a new bundle offer today that may just be enticing enough.